Over 1300 runners descended upon Towneley Park on Sunday 5 June to compete in a revamped Asda Foundation Burnley 10K. The pre-race build up lived up to its promise with thousands of spectators enjoying the sunshine and creating an electric atmosphere throughout the day.
Previously called the Pennine Lancashire 10K, organisers Run For All changed the name of the event in October 2015 and, shortly after, introduced a modified route. The course saw runners leave Towneley Park through a causeway for a long downhill section along Todmorden Road, before moving passed the Boating Lake, the Italian Gardens, and then on to the straight as they made their way to the finish point at Towneley Park.
Leading the field by over a minute was Matthew Lalor in 34:14, with Danny Collinge second in 35:15 and Dan Balshaw third 35: 46. In the women’s competition, Louisa Powell-Smith secured first in 39:15, followed by Anna Reddy, who clocked 39:41 and Nicola Nuttall, who was third in 42:58. Steve Wandless was mid-point in the field in 58:16, while the last runner came home in 2:12:10.
The Burnley 10K is part of the successful Run For All series, supported by the Asda Foundation, which includes events in Leeds, York, Lincoln and Hull. All of which form part of the legacy of the late Jane Tomlinson, who raised nearly £2m for charity by tackling a string of gruelling challenges despite being diagnosed with incurable cancer.
Asda Foundation's Julie Ward was keen to praise competitors and their fundraising efforts: “Once again runners and spectators turned out in force to make the 2016 Burnley 10K another huge success. Everyone who crossed the finish line is to be congratulated, not only on completing the run but also on raising so much money for charity.”
Image courtesy of Clive Lawrence.